Catonsville shooting of 13-year veteran police officer: "As he was going down, he returns fire striking the suspect several times," said Chief James W. Johnson in describing Wednesday’s Catonsville shooting of 36-year-old police officer Jason Schneider. “Schneider and other tactical officers entered the home where people began to flee, Johnson said. The suspects clearly knew that the officers were police, he said. At least one person inside was armed with a handgun. When Schneider turned a corner inside the home, he was shot multiple times,” reported The Baltimore Sun on Aug. 28, 2013.
The suspect involved in the Catonsville shooting was hit by police officer Jason Schneider as he was going down and remains in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Police officer Jason Schneider was part of a Baltimore County tactical team that entered a home on Roberts Avenue at daybreak after “an extensive tactical briefing and much planning.” According to Chief James W. Johnson, Jason Schneider was "a leader within that unit."
The room-to-room house search on Wednesday morning around 5 a.m., was conducted in order to serve a warrant and to apprehend a suspect who was involved in a shooting on Aug. 19, when a 29-year-old man was shot in the 100 block of Winters Lane with non life-threatening injuries.
The death of Jason Schneider during the Catonsville shooting is a terrible loss for Baltimore County, said Chief Johnson. Jason Schneider was a 13-year veteran of the force and had been with the tactical unit since 2004. He was married and a father of two children.
While detectives are continuing an investigation to find out where the guns used in the Catonsville shooting had come from, Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday ordered the Maryland State Flag flown at half-staff in honor of Schneider.
In response to the Catonsville shooting of police officer Jason Schneider, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz stated that “during a well-prepared police event, Officer Schneider was killed in the line of duty and we deeply mourn his loss. I can only tell you that we don't always appreciate what our police do for us every day but it's times like this when we know how grateful we are for their bravery and their sacrifice."